Monday, 23 January 2017

Red-necked Grebe at Lintrathen

It had to be a video of the Red-necked Grebe at Loch of Lintrathen today, it was always just too far away even for a good lens. You can see I reverted to scenery at Backwater Dam again, the only birds were a few common ducks,a Kestrel and a Buzzard. One of the Glaucous Gulls was still around at Danger Point, Arbroath but the photo below late in the day is of a ringed bird.

Red-necked Grebe video, click here

Buzzard at Kinnordy lit by the low sun before the usual afternoon cloud appeared

Great Black-backed Gull "Yellow L51" at Danger point, Arbroath. Maybe an Aberdeen bird but I'll update that when I get the info.  Ringed at Ramscraigs, Dunbeath, Highland on 27/6/2016, 210 days ago and 193 km distant, info from Mark Oksien.

Just as the sun started to come out at Backwater Dam this morning, a bit of a blot on this landscape but a nice reflection

From the dam wall without the offending structure 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Leucistic Tree Sparrow again

The leucistic Tree Sparrow seen last on 9/12/2016 made a return to my garden today and much as before the light was gloomy. It's good to see that the white plumage hasn't been it's downfall despite the visits of a male Sparrowhawk to the garden. It looks like the many pairs of eyes and warning calls are preventing the hawk from killing, at least in the garden where no evidence has been found.

Added below the sparrow are a couple from Lunan Bay but at low tide, I may return when the ducks are closer inshore.

The leucistic Tree Sparrow returns, click here for video

Heavy crop of very distant Long-tailed Duck and Drake at Lunan Bay

Collared Dove with some blue sky pasted into where the grey/white one was. Sun promised for Monday though..........they've lied before